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Pros
  • The best thing about this place is that you have so many smart people around you (in 70 reviews)

  • Free food, young and lively coworkers, downtown location (in 53 reviews)


Cons
  • Not the most understanding environment when it comes to work/life balance (in 42 reviews)

  • Long Hours and some times you cant balance work and your personal life (in 24 reviews)

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    I'm very glad I work here.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsI'm very happy working at facebook.
    * Other employees are very friendly and supportive
    * Facebook is more meritocratic than other tech companies I've worked for
    * The other people working here are very smart
    * Facebook gives engineers more responsibility than other places I've been

    ConsSometimes facebook is kinda unpopular in some circles due to privacy criticisms. Facebook sometimes emphasizes speed over engineering quality.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think we should stop releasing products that aren't fully done yet. I'd like to see more internal iteration on products until we have something that has had all the issues worked through and that is very reliable and polished.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    If you are in Engineering, you are at the right place. If, Operations... don't look back and run.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsIf you are in Engineering department, you are at one of the best place to work for.

    ConsOperations department management sucks, they don't treat to people in a respectful and fair way. If you want to be a good position in Operations, you need to be friend of some certain people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuestion and try to understand why you constantly loose people from Operations. Facebook Software Engineering departments might be ideal place to work for but not the Operations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    ok place

    Director (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    Prosfood, dry cleaning and free concerts

    Conscan be a bit demanding

    Advice to Senior Managementcommunicate more to employess

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    Awesome place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsThe work environment is certainly fast-paced and often chaotic, but everyone manages to keep a level head and make logical, yet innovative decisions, even when under pressure. Most people are pretty young as is reflected in the culture of t-shirts, jeans, video games, and ripsticks. The food is awesome and definitely makes it easier to work longer hours and actually enjoy them. Working cross-functionally is not only accepted, but expected. You won't be confined to your own team, which is nice. Overall, it's definitely the best job I've had so far.

    ConsAs a pretty young company, policies and best practices change quite often, which can be hard to follow at times. Other than that, there really aren't many cons.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep meetings when you schedule them because it's hard for everyone else to change their schedules last minute and a lot of time is wasted.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent plate to work

    Site Reliability Engineer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsAmazing environment with a strong focus on getting things done vs politics or "Process". When bad things happen, the focus is always on finding a fix rather than finding the blame. Organized chaos. Working with some of the smartest and most knowledgeable people I've ever met. They don't just throw money away, but they're willing to spend to solve problems or improve things when it's needed. The benefits like free food are excellent, and in general they treat their employees like human adults instead of children or replaceable cogs or numbers.

    ConsThe biggest downside is the organized chaos (although that's also a plus). At times it can be a bit too chaotic, though even that's improving.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhat you're doing is working - keep at it. Although some increase in Process and bureaucracy is inevitable as the company grows, make sure that the focus on people never goes away. The risk of following "Best Practices" down the road to mediocrity is very real, and it will take away everything that makes the company great.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start a career and network.

    Senior Product Manager (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsGreat place to work with some of the young and brightest people in the world. A great addition to your resume and you get to work on products that everyone that you know will use.

    ConsToo many Managers and ideas. Sometimes too many cooks in the kitchen will spoil the food. And that is what happens at Facebook. But then again, that is the growing pains that Facebook is going through. Also most of the innovative products have been implemented and a lot of focus now is on maintenance and tweaking. Nothing much to be excited about.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your developers with respect and acknowledge their work and successes. Essentially they are ones who are keeping the company alive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Operations Engineer (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    Prosperfect company for career, a fun environment, fun people, lots of genius level people, company grows rapidly and continuously, a very good place to work, pre-IPO company

    Consmid level managers are inexperienced and do lots of mistakes, salaries are not so bright but company is pre-IPO and it is a good opportunity

    Advice to Senior Managementfix mid level management, listen employees feedback {yes, much more} especially their reviews about mid level managers, try to understand why so many people are leaving

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people; amzing place to work.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsThe people here are both brilliant and humble, making for an incredibly collaborative envirnment for building awesome new stuff. Management process is also great - very hands off, lots of freedom to the engineers to work on what they are interested in, make important decisions. Lots of trust and responsibility in engineers.

    ConsIt is starting to get a little big, and a little bit political, although I don't have much first hand experience with the politics. Split into multiple buildings again.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should work actively to try to discourage politics. You should also make sure to keep the culture very engineering focused, putting a greater effort on keeping big things happening in other parts of the company more than transparent, especially when they are "in the works."

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    This place is no joke.

    Human Resources (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsEmpowerment. Real and immediate impact, high level of responsibility. Assumption of good intentions. Fun. People genuinely like each other.

    ConsThe focus on "most fast" sometimes leaves things undone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKnow how to balance young/eager with the seniority/seasoned leadership you need to make Facebook continue to succeed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good experience, great people.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsReally smart people that care about building a great product. It's clear that people are really excited about what they are doing.

    ConsIt's getting political and seems like there is a lot of jockeying. That's not great for an engineer who really cares about making a great product. It gets in the way.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe Company could benefit from cutting out some of the people that contribute to a political environment. It would make a more productive place to work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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